HINDU, SIKH OR SUFI?

Beauty of Sindh (Pakistan) lies in its inclusiveness of faiths. Hindu temples reflect Hinduism, Sikhism and Sufism inside the same premises. A visit to Bhagnari temple in Karachi, where lies the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh scripture) in a room adjacent to the Hindu Gods...

I CAN NOW PERISH IN PEACE

On 23 Jan, 2017, seven decades after the partition of the Indian sub-continent, this extant village Gurdwara in Pakistan finally received a Sikh visitor. As I stood besides, it whispered, “In 1762 AD, Ahmad Shah Abdali wiped out the entire Sikh population from the...

I LOST MY EVERYTHING

I detest people who deface heritage sites but in reading the graffiti “I lost my everything,” scribbled on the wall of the Kair Bawa Gurdwara, I thought this was so very poignant for our community, who had indeed lost much of the material and spiritual heritage in the...

ABANDONED, I STILL YEARN

A dialogue with the falling Mangat Gurdwara, Pakistan I still remember the vibrancy of the community in the pre-partition days. Those were the days! I recall year 1604, when the fifth Nanak (Guru Arjan Dev) deputed Bhai Banno to get the first recension of the Guru...

CONVERSATION WITH A MYSTIC

“Sardar ji, welcome. After a long time a Sikh has visited this mausoleum. Here Baba Nanak had spent some time,” a mystic, dressed in an all-black attire stated at the shrine of Hazrat Shah Shams Tabrez in Multan. Paying my respects at the inner sanctum, as I viewed...